We’ve rounded up some tips and tricks on how to fix iPhone 13 battery drain.
Listening to music, playing games, watching movies, taking photos, browsing social media, and more — we can do it all on our iPhones. One aspect that unfortunately hasn’t kept up is the battery. Batteries are getting bigger, the software is more optimized, and charging is faster, but an iPhone lasting a day is still considered impressive. If you’ve been experiencing battery drain issues on your iPhone 13, look no further. We’ve rounded up some tips and tricks on how to fix iPhone 13 battery drain problems.
Apps that can cause iPhone 13 battery drain
It’s great that there’s an app for literally everything, but some aren’t particularly kind to your phone’s battery life. In a few cases, certain apps could be causing unnecessary battery drain without you even knowing about it.
How to check app battery usage
To check which app is using the most battery, go to Settings > Battery and scroll down to a section called Battery Usage By App. If you use an app for a long period of time, that app will likely show up at the top of your battery usage list. However, try to spot any anomalous behavior, especially in apps that you haven’t actively used in a while. Some apps run in the background without you even knowing it, causing unnecessary iPhone 13 battery drain.
Some apps start to cause surprising battery drain after an update. The only option is to wait for the developer to fix the issue. If the battery loss is significant enough to be a problem, your best bet is to uninstall the app until a fix is available.
Check location Services settings
If you’ve ever used a navigation app, you’ll know that the GPS can cause the iPhone 13 battery to drain really quickly. However, some apps also use location services when active or even when running in the background.
Completely disabling location services isn’t always feasible, but is ideal if you want to extend your iPhone 13 battery life.
You should check and make sure that apps aren’t using location services without needing it. You can check which have location access by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Disable access to infrequently used apps that don’t need location services all the time.
Adjust display settings
A bright, vibrant display is always great to look at, but it’s certainly not great for battery life. There are a few changes you can make to help you get the most battery out of your iPhone 13.
The iPhone 13 has an Auto-Brightness feature that makes adjustments to the display brightness by taking ambient light into consideration. To stop battery drain, the best option is to turn off this setting and manually set the display brightness to a relatively low level. The only time you’ll need to bump up the brightness is outdoors during the day to help with visibility.
To do so, go to Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Auto Brightness and turn it off.
Be sure to check your screen brightness. Your screen is one of the most resource intensive parts of your iPhone, so leaving the brightness on full blast can definitely result in poor iPhone 13 battery life. Navigate to Settings > Display & Brightness. You will find a Brightness slider that you can adjust. Better yet, a brightness slider is available in the Control Center for easier access.
You can also boost your iPhone 13 battery life by switching to a Dark Mode. To do this, go to Settings > Display & Brightness. Under Appearance, choose Dark.
You can also reduce the Auto-Lock time. This ensures that the display doesn’t stay on for too long after inactivity. The shortest duration available is 30 seconds. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock.
You should also disable Raise To Wake feature.
Raise to Wake tells your iPhone to turn on when you raise it. This is helpful, but it also uses up needed battery power each time you pick up your iPhone.
To disable Raise to Wake feature, navigate to Settings > Display & Brightness and toggle off the switch next to Raise to Wake.
Enable Low Power mode
Low Power Mode is a fantastic way to get a little more juice out of your iPhone 13 battery when it hits 20 percent mark.
Go to Settings > Battery and turn on the switch next to Low Power Mode.
This mode temporarily disables non-essential services and features including the following:
- Hey Siri – This is a built-in, voice-controlled personal assistant available for Apple users. The idea is that you talk to her as you would a friend and she aims to help you get things done, whether that be making a dinner reservation or sending a message hands-free.
- Background App Refresh – This is a feature that allows apps to run in the background of your iPhone, even when you aren’t using them. With Background App Refresh enabled, your apps can download new content so the information is up-to-date when you open them again.
- Automatic Downloads – This feature allows you to automatically download content such as music, books, and apps onto every device logged in to the same account.
- Mail Fetching – If you’re worried about your battery usage, you can limit how often your iPhone checks for new email. By default, the iOS mail application is set to “Push” so it can download new email as soon as it arrives on the server.
- Some Visual Effects.
- Auto-Lock defaults to 30 seconds.
- The iCloud Photo Library is temporarily paused.
To re-enable each of these manually go to: Settings > Battery
Your iPhone will always automatically disable the Low Power Mode when it’s charged up to 80% or higher. Low Power Mode is temporary and only lasts until the next proper charge. There’s no way to permanently enable it.
Plus, whenever your iPhone reaches the 20 percent battery mark, the “Low Power Mode” prompt will appear. At this point, your iPhone will show you what features are temporarily disabled. You can choose to “Continue” and enable Low Power Mode or “Cancel” and not enable it. However, Low Power Mode can provide anywhere from one to three hours more time before your iPhone loses power.
Disable Background App Refresh
When Background App Refresh is enabled, your iPhone has to use energy to predict when and how often you’ll be using applications, and it aims to re-load information by refreshing the app in the background.
You can save iPhone 13 battery life by turning Background App Refresh off globally or for individual apps. You can also limit the refresh to Wi-Fi only.
Head over to Settings > General > Background App Refresh to make adjustments.
Miscellaneous setting and features to consider to prevent iPhone 13 battery drain
There are often a slew of features and settings that are enabled by default and can cause unnecessary iPhone 13 battery drain.
- Live wallpapers are great, but can reduce battery life. Regular wallpapers are definitely the more battery-friendly choice. Dark wallpapers with lots of blacks is even better.
- The same holds true for widgets. They are useful, convenient, and puts everything you need front and center. Keeping only essential widgets, or ideally, none at all, will help extend your iPhone 13 battery life a bit.
- Turn off settings like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use. You can find these in the Settings app of your iPhone.
- A poor network connection can also cause your battery to drain really quickly. Unless you absolutely have to be connected to a mobile network, switching Airplane mode on can help boost battery life significantly.
- You can also try turning off vibration and reducing the ringer and alerts volume to squeeze as much life out of the battery as possible.
That’s just some of the ways you can reduce iPhone 13 battery drain and extend your battery life. Nothing is going to double your battery life, but every little bit helps.